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Windows 8 Copy & Paste bug

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  • vesuvius

    Is it just me or does copy and paste not work well in Windows 8? I have upgraded a Windows 7 machine i.e. no fresh install, and after using the PC for a week or so, I am finding myself  "climbing the walls" each time I try to copy and paste. It just plain does not work.

    If I am in Internet Explorer 10 and try and copy sections of a URL, or am in notepad copying a line of text, the whole experience is flaky at best. I don't think I can put up with this unless a fix is released. It makes me feel like before I was walking on a 10 foot wide plank, now I am walking on a tightrope using it.....urghhh!

  • Sven Groot

    Can't say I've noticed anything different about copy/paste at all.

  • ZippyV

    Can you give a bit more details so we can try to reproduce it?

  • ZippyV

    @Sven Groot: I noticed if I copy something from a metro app, shut it down and then try to paste it into Notepad on the desktop, the copy paste will fail.

  • Craig_​Matthews

    , Sven Groot wrote

    Can't say I've noticed anything different about copy/paste at all.

    I concur. It seems to me to be as broken as ever.

  • lensman

    This is a guess, but what what describe sounds like a security feature.  It is disallowing you to copy and paste between secure and insecure threads.  Vista has this annoying feature where it required elevated permissions to cut and paste into elevated security applications.

    This might be what you are seeing.

  • vesuvius

    , lensman wrote

    This is a guess, but what what describe sounds like a security feature.  It is disallowing you to copy and paste between secure and insecure threads.  Vista has this annoying feature where it required elevated permissions to cut and paste into elevated security applications.

    This might be what you are seeing.

    As it so happens, I have decided to run as a limited user now when using the internet so I am logging in as a limited user, after some malware installed an exe in c:\program data and would stop task manager running and take over my desktop.

    I realise that security must be inconvenient but I guess that word of the moment here on Channel 9 "crippled" is what the result is.

    I do also experience this issue in notepad where it is almost impossible to target............http://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/Coffeehouse/Windows-8-Copy--Paste-bug

    OK, I have just tried to select channel9.msdn.com in the above URL to make it bold, and cannot as the OS has a mind of its own. I am running the admin account.

    I was going to upgrade my work machine to Windows 8, that ain't gonna happen now (terrible English BTW)

     

  • magicalclick

    o comment, I don't use metro apps except games, which cannot copy anyway. Does desktop also experienced the same problem or only metro? If it is metro, it is not too bad because it still have working desktop, I dint care about metro anyway. If it also happens on desktop, please tell me how to reporduce it, because I really care.. N

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  • Sven Groot

    , vesuvius wrote

    *snip*

    As it so happens, I have decided to run as a limited user now when using the internet so I am logging in as a limited user, after some malware installed an exe in c:\program data and would stop task manager running and take over my desktop. 

    I'm running as a limited user, I have done so since XP, and still don't have any issues with copy/paste. I also don't have any issues copy/pasting between regular and elevated processes (there are no security restrictions on that, I think lensman is confused with drag/drop between processes of different accounts or integrity levels which is restricted).

    You still haven't described what your problem actually is, other than "it's broken". Can you give a concrete example with repro steps of something that doesn't work?

    I do also experience this issue in notepad where it is almost impossible to target............http://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/Coffeehouse/Windows-8-Copy--Paste-bug

    I'm not sure I understand this... Are you using a mouse or touch?

  • crusadr57

    All I would like to say is......I have several friends that have Windows 8 and we ALL HATE IT!!  I can't copy and past anything except photos. This version was just made, in my opinion, to enrich the pockets of Bill Gates!! Windows XP was the best ever for me. That's it!!

  • vesuvius

    @crusadr57: I am planning to remove it as soon as I get a window of a day to do all the re-installing.

    Copy and paste does not work on some machines on Windows 8

  • ScanIAm

    The 'selection' is what fails routinely for me, but it's been a problem for most versions of windows and depends heavily on what markup is used to display the text.  In word, for example, you can see the selection jump from one clump of text to the next and if you took a look at the openxml that makes that text show up, you'll notice that each clump is in a separate run.

    I suspect a similar process is happening in the UI for win8, but I just assumed that it was the touch interface being uncooperative.

    I don't like touch very much.

  • bondsbw

    I just tested and succeeded as follows:

    In an administrator account, I opened Metro-style Mail.  I copied some text, and closed the application (drag from top to bottom method).  Then I pasted that text into Notepad++.

  • magicalclick

    @bondsbw:

    that is indeed bad. Good news is Windows Live Mail is still available to all Windows versions and it is 100 times better anyway.

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  • DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @bondsbw: Whoopsie! Looks like Microsoft forgot about the desktop again. I'm glad they decided to put Windows everywhere since it provides such a much improved, unified experience for users... Perplexed

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  • PaoloM

    You guys realize that @bondsbw (and me, just tried right now) has copy/paste working perfectly between metro and desktop, right?

  • PaoloM

    Again, what exactly is broken here? Detailed steps, please.

  • DCMonkey

    , PaoloM wrote

    You guys realize that @bondsbw (and me, just tried right now) has copy/paste working perfectly between metro and desktop, right?

    In other words: "Works on [your] machine".

     

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